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for natural disasters. they met with survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. 18 students visited miyaki in iwate prefecture. they were taken to see break water. they were told how this concrete structure was suppose freezing drizzle text neighborhoods but what waves surged over it and swamped homes and businesses. >> translator: elderly people ran for their lives at that moment. >> she said seniors were thankful that tsunami escape had hand rails. she told the group to always be ready for natural disasters to save lives. one of the students said their island could be hit by a tsunami but noted people there are less prepared. >> i believe now this group will go back and tell them how important it is. >> the foreign ministry has been inviting students from abroad to japan to help them learn lessons from the 2011 disaster. the program began last april, about 2,000 young people from around the world have visited iwate since then. >>> japan's economy took a major hit after the march 2011 disaster. but investors seem encouraged by the weakening yen and recent political change. the market valu
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